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Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students

In lieu of recent, progressive agendas and equal opportunities for all students, scholarships for Gay or Lesbian students are readily available and simple to find, once you employ the appropriate researching techniques. Those identifying with, or supporting the LGBTQ community should bear in mind that these are not the only scholarships available. Those who are dedicated to active promotion of equal rights and opportunities also qualify for these scholarships. Regardless of you gender or sexual orientation, you may be eligible for scholarships involving academics, financial need, athletics, art, and so on. In order to help financially support a fairly underrepresented minority group, we offer scholarships in support of gay/lesbian communities in higher education. Below are a few scholarships catering to gender and sex demographics but don’t forget to conduct a thorough, free scholarship search to acquire the utmost monetary compensation.

ALLIES Scholarship for Student Leadership Development

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • This scholarship was created in 2001 by ALLIES at Northern Michigan University. Applicants must be full-time students at Northern Michigan University in good academic standing and show documented leadership, support, or involvement in organizations, activities, or issues that promote awareness and acceptance of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) community at Northern Michigan [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues. Preference is given to LGBT students although all students are invited to apply. Application and/or acceptance of the award will not be construed as an indication of the sexual orientation of [...] More

Chely Wright "Like Me" Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2017
  • Amount: $1,250
  • The Chely Wright LIKE ME Scholarship provides financial support for students pursuing a college degree who actively advocate for LGBT youth and/or to students who are severely affected by teen bullying or suicide of an LGBT youth. Through this scholarship, LGBT affected youth can apply for funding to pay for educational expenses to pursue a degree from an accredited college, university, or [...] More

eQuality Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible.

    Eligibility for high school graduates:
    -Must be a resident of [...] More

First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/10/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Four (4) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating LAUSD seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Preference will be given to students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented students and/or LGBTQ (system involved youth applicants also encouraged to apply).

    Before completing the online application, make sure you have the [...] More

Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national organization of approximately 250,000 families organized in 500 chapters across the United States. It is a family-based organization of caring people from all walks of life working together for the benefit of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) communities. The Sacramento Chapter of [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/17/2017
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Four (4) scholarships are awarded to high school youth to assist with their tuition, room and board, books, and other academic resources. This award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), [...] More

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in high school; undergraduate, graduate or professional school; or trade or vocational school who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Applicants should have a strong history of [...] More

Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues, to promote visibility of LGBT life and to foster service and activism in the larger community.

    Eligibility:
    -Preference is given to LGBT students
    -It is open to both undergraduate and graduate [...] More

Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program works with highly motivated students who are interested in advice and assistance from adult mentors to accelerate their academic experience and performance, improve their adjustment to professional standards of behavior, goals, ethics, and success and out-perform their age group in transitioning to adult leadership roles. Scholarship awards are based on [...] More

Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2017
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Lax Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; aspiring to positions in which they contribute to society; being out about their sexual orientation; and acting as role models for other gay men with similar potential. Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts $5,000 and [...] More

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2017
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Since 1996, the LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation has awarded scholarships to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) graduating US High School Students based on the following achievements: a cumulative grade point average of 3.0; significant involvement in community service; and acceptance to an accredited US college or university.

    Eligibility:
    -Be graduating from high school [...] More

Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 6/22/2017
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund was established to cover up to two years of schooling for immigrants here in New York City who identify as LGBTQI. Scholarships from this fund are intended to provide a measure of economic stability for those who stand at the intersection of marginalization that can be created by being both LGBTQI and an immigrant.

    Eligibility:
    -Self-identifies as an [...] More

Live Out Loud Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Live Out Loud Educational Scholarship was created to provide financial support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are pursuing a college degree. Through this scholarship, LGBTQ youth can apply for funds to pay for educationally related expenses to pursue a degree from an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+ STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/3/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students, following NOGLSTP's inaugural Out to Innovate Career Summit for LGBTQ People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of [...] More

Out To Protect Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/26/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Out To Protect offers a law enforcement scholarship for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or straight ally and who are pursuing a career in law enforcement by putting themselves through a basic training program. Our goal is to support individuals who are positive role models in law enforcement and who are "out" to their peers. We believe that by exposing law [...] More

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Dedicated to the continuing legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program (Scholarship) seeks to support the academic efforts of emerging young leaders who share Pedro's passionate commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The scholarship is open to all current high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and [...] More

PFund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • PFund is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving.

    Eligibility:
    -LGBT or allied student
    -Legal resident of Minnesota or attending a qualifying Minnesota academic institution
    -Enrolled in a post-secondary program for the following fall academic [...] More

Point Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2018
  • Amount: $13,600
  • A Point Scholarship covers tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses, and is set up with the individual college to meet the needs of the Point Scholar. The average scholarship award per scholar is $13,600. The average total program expense that includes scholarship funding, mentoring and leadership training is $34,000 per year per scholar.

    Eligibility:
    -A [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Pride Foundation offers more than 50 different scholarships though there is only one application to complete. Scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight-ally (straight and supportive of LGBT issues) students as well as students from LGBT families. Students must either be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington (but may study [...] More

PrideGLV Rainbow Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2017
  • Amount: $500
  • The Rainbow Scholarship seeks to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI), college-bound teens with school expenses while increasing the positive visibility of queer youth and promoting awareness and acceptance in the community at large.

    Award Descriptions:
    1. LGBT Student of the Year ($500 Award) - awarded to an LGBT student who is a positive force in the LGBT [...] More

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The purpose of the high school seniors English essay contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth. The theme of the competition is pink ink: "We write not only about different things; we also write differently" Brecht.

    The contest is open only to students aged 18 and under who have not yet graduated from high school. You must affirm that you are not a high school [...] More

Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/19/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. was established in 1997. It was originally funded by a donation from Carolyn Jalbert in memory of her partner, Donna Tennant, one of the founding members of RBPA. Today we fund the annual scholarships from generous donations made by RBPA members, sponsorships, contributors in the community throughout the year, and through our [...] More

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The children of Shui Kuen and Allen Chin established the Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship to honor the values of their parents and to transform the tragic death of their father into something positive.

    Eligibility:
    -Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a four-year college/university in the upcoming academic year
    -Student or parent currently/formerly employed at an [...] More

The Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship, which is administered through Equity Foundation, provides financial assistance to third-year and fourth-year law students who wish to advance equal rights and justice for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals. Those who demonstrate this goal through the selection process and meet the criteria of eligibility will be considered for [...] More

The Collective Bill Caspare Memorial Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/8/2017
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The Collective Bill Caspare Memorial Fund Scholarship was established by Collective LLC, through the O'Toole Media Awards, to support diversity in the New Media and Data Science disciplines within advertising and media. Three talented, diverse students will each be awarded a scholarship based on outstanding talent.

    Eligibility:
    -Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    -Are African [...] More

The David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • A scholarship available to any lesbian or gay undergrad student from the state of Alabama. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is awarded in August for the upcoming school year. An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required. The essay should be no more than five pages and discuss the applicant's [...] More

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship is available to any gay or lesbian undergraduate student who is a resident of West Virginia. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is awarded in August for the upcoming school year. An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required. The essay should be [...] More

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2017
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor's degree.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a U.S. citizen
    -Graduating high school senior; first-year student in an [...] More

The Tang Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2017
  • Amount: $15,000
  • This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to four outstanding students annually, awarded up to four years. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.

    Eligibility:
    -Self-identified as Asian/Pacific [...] More

The Walter M. Decker Point Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • To honor his legacy of academic and philanthropic excellence, Point Foundation has created the Walter M. Decker Scholarship to support one or more outstanding students annually.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall. Students enrolled or intending to enroll in a college [...] More

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